Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure - mars-4:hrs04TRAN2167_070712b - Rayburn 2167 - Reauthorization of the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act - This hearing of The Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee will be webcast live on July 12, 2007. Mr. Baker: Beaches are an important part of American life. Our nation has nearly 23,000 miles of ocean and gulf shoreline along the continental United States, 5,500 miles of Great Lakes shorelines, and 3.6 million miles of rivers and streams. Beaches are an important part of the coastal watershed, providing numerous recreational opportunities for millions of people, including fishing, boating, beachcombing, swimming, surfing, sunbathing, and bird-watching. Each year, over 180 million people visit coastal waters for recreational purposes.
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